Purr-fect Cat Therapy requires a non-refundable $25 application fee at the time you submit your application, and a Placement fee of $1350. This fee includes follow-up support for the life of your partnership with that therapy cat.
Therapy Cat Team Placement: Any additional costs associated with attending interviews and the training certifying Therapy Cat session are your responsibility.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All payments are final and non-refundable. Clients must apply, be interviewed, and accepted to the program, before paying. All donations using our fundraising platform on our website are also all non-refundable.
An Emotional Support Animal (also known as a comfort animal) gives comfort to people who have a mental or emotional disability. ESAs can live with their owners in housing in spite of a No Pets policy and are exempted from pet deposits. They are also allowed on airplanes without a pet fee. For a pet to qualify as an ESA, the owner’s therapist must write a letter prescribing a need for the animal. Emotional Support Animals can be a dog, cat, or any other species the therapist deems appropriate. These pets generally don’t have any special training.
A Therapy Pet is an animal who visits hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other facilities to interact with patients or students in a mentally or emotionally beneficial way. Dogs, cats, rats, bunnies and even horses have served as therapy pets. Often dogs and cats go through a rigorous evaluation and are certified by an organization to perform therapy pet duties. These animals are mainly pets who belong to a volunteer, and other than their assigned visits, they don’t have special access to any public areas.
This is what your ESA letter needs to have:
Prescribes an Emotional Support Animal (the letter should be on the physician’s or mental health provider’s letterhead)
To Whom It May Concern:
Due to this emotional disability, [patient first name] has certain limitations coping with what would otherwise be considered normal, but significant day to day situations. To help alleviate these challenges and to enhance his/her day to day functionality, I have prescribed [patient first name] to obtain an emotional support animal. The presence of this animal is necessary for the emotional/mental health of [patient name] because its presence will mitigate the symptoms he/she is currently experiencing.
(Physician’s name and title)
Purr-fect Cat Therapy Inc require the following criteria to be followed to raise, train and assist in certifying Therapy Cat & ESA Cats for our clients:
Our cats in training will have a minimum of 60 hours of hands on instruction over the period of a minimum of 6 months. No less than 30 of these hours will be devoted to outings in public settings to condition the cat to behave in all environments. The majority of our cats go through a 1 year for therapy cat training program.
Application and fee are received by us and we contact you within 3 business days to set up a phone interview.
ESA Applicant gets medical history forms to providers (therapist, psychiatrist etc..) and they fill it out and send it back to us. Applicant also secures a ESA letter from his psychiatrist.
We receive and review the medical history form.
We get back to you with a final decision regarding acceptance into our program within three working days.
If the client is accepted and wants to join our program they are considered enrolled once they make a $125.00 non-refundable kitten/cat deposit. Once a client enrolls they can expect to wait around 18-24 months for their cat.
As we get closer to a client’s placement date, once we are absolutely sure which cat is the best match, we notify the client which cat they will be receiving and send them a brief description of their cat and some photos of their therapy cat.
After clients go home with their cat they are required to follow a post placement plan. For the first six months after placement, clients are required to have regular check ins. The post-placement process is designed to offer clients support while they acclimate to living with their new therapy cat. After six months we move to checking in with each client with a simple phone call every 3 months for the next 2 years. This is our way of ensuring that everything is going well and to hear how amazing the cat is doing with their new partner!
The first part of the process is to download and submit an application (available here). Applications can be submitted electronically or printed and mailed in. Once we receive it, we will contact you within three working days in order to schedule a telephone interview. Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to working together!
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